Anything For You
In October 1985, Miami Sound Machine first hit Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart with “Conga,” which would peak in February 1986 at number 10. The band would follow this initial success by hitting the Top 40 with each of its next six singles, though none of those reached higher than number 5. Then, exactly 25 years ago, the band reached a new level of success as their seventh consecutive Top 40 hit, “Anything For You,” spent two weeks at number one.
By this time, capitalizing on the visibility of their lead singer, they were known as Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, and by the release of her next album, in 1989, Estefan was marked as a solo act. Though the “Miami Sound Machine” name had been dropped, the success continued. Miami Sound Machine hit the top 40 with an eighth straight single, “1-2-3,” as a follow-up to “Anything To You,” and Estefan’s first three singles while billed as a solo artist hit the top 40 as well, meaning that, in total, Estefan’s first 11 Hot 100 singles all hit the Top 40.
The first of Estefan’s solo singles, “Don’t Wanna Lose You,” hit number 1 for one week in 1989, and she would also return to the top of the Hot 100 for two weeks in 1991 with “Coming Out of the Dark.” Still, “Anything For You” remains her biggest hit of Estefan’s career.